Formed in 1957 to play 20s-style jazz, the Temperance 7 consisted at various times of Whispering Paul McDowell (vocals), Captain Cephas Howard (trumpet, euphonium and various instruments), Joe Clark (clarinet), Alan Cooper (b. 15 February 1931, Leeds, England, d. 22 August 2007, London, England; pedal clarinet, swanee whistle), Philip ‘Finger’ Harrison (banjo, alto and baritone saxophone), Canon Colin Bowles (piano/harmonica), Clifford Beban (tuba), Brian Innes (drums), Dr. John Grieves-Watson (banjo), Sheik Haroun Wadi el Yoadouinir aka John R.T. Davies (b. John Ross Twiston Davies, 20 March 1927, Wivelsfield, Sussex, England, d. 25 May 2004, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England; trombone/alto saxophone), Will Hastie (b. 25 December 1926, Auchengray, Lanarkshire, Scotland, d. 6 February 2003), and Frank Paverty (sousaphone). Their debut single, ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ (producer George Martin’s first number 1), was followed by three more hits in 1961, ‘Pasadena’, ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’/‘Chili Bom Bom’, and ‘Charleston’. In 1963 they appeared in the play The Bed Sitting Room written by John Antrobus and Spike Milligan. They split in the late 60s, but their spirit resurfaced in groups such as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the New Vaudeville Band.
The Temperance 7 were re-formed as the New Temperance 7 in the 70s by Ted Wood (b. Edward George Wood, 24 June 1939, England, d. 29 September 2003, London, England), brother of the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. Wood succumbed to liver cancer in 2003, and original members Hastie and Davies died during the same period. The other members are said to be pursuing a variety of interests, including publishing, film set and graphic designing, acting and antiques.